Interview with Amy Impellizzeri; festival organizer and van dweller

Amy Impellizzeri

Festival Director and Nomad

Amy Impellizzeri and I holding up Brittany Ann Pires wearing shirts of my design

Amy lives in a van with her husband. They have been travelling the U.S., teaching as they go for almost 2 years. In our conversation, she talks about some of the joys and challenges of this lifestyle. Her experience in and after college, managing dance performances prepared her to run festivals and she has been running the Divine Play AcroYoga Festival for the last four years. She has also just released a new exercise modality with Jason Nemer. As you would expect from someone with such a varied life experience, the conversation we have is enjoyable and insightful. I hope that you enjoy the fourth episode of the podcast, Chats from the Mat, yoga inspired conversations with me, Brian Macrae Davis.

If you are interested in getting more information about Amy Impellizzeri, contact her directly or find her on Facebook. She is available to train AcroFit Trainers, lead AcroYoga Immersions and Consult on festival management.

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Email: amyiacro@gmail.com

The two big festivals this year are:

  • Divine Play; Jamaica – April 18-23
  • Divine Play; Portland – October 6-8

I want to thank one of my personal yoga teacher sponsors, prAna clothing company. They produce Yoga, Travel & Adventure clothes with a conscience. Prana is one of the few companies that provide support for brand new yoga teachers. It is not the successful yoga teachers that need help and support, it is the ones that are starting their teaching career and struggling to make a living. Prana does just that.

Thank you, Eddie Salguero for the introduction. Eddie is Amy’s Husband and co-habitant of the van that she lives and travels in.

Interview with Jean-Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel

Artist, Social Activist and Teacher of Color

Warning: this interview contains occasional profanity.

Jean-Jacques Gabriel & Brian Macrae Davis

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a yoga practitioner of color, an artist and a teacher of many disciplines. He was born in Haiti, grew up in the suburbs of DC and move to Philadelphia in order to go to art school which is where he now resides. He has painted murals in Germany, portraits in London, toured Egypt and visited Uganda. His first yoga experience was a university class and he had a life-changing savasana that set Jean-Jacques on a new path. He began using the practices learned in yoga to help children at a women’s shelter and inmates in the prison system. One day, he was asked to teach a yoga class. Without any yoga teaching experience, he did so.

Jean-Jacques talks about being a ‘black dude with tattoos’ in a predominantly white practice, about finding the ritual in all practices and using rituals to guide any practice, and also addressing the uncomfortable aspects of life instead of ignoring them.

I hope that you enjoy the second episode of the podcast, Chats from the Mat, yoga inspired conversations with me, Brian Macrae Davis.

How to find Jean-Jacques Gabriel

Join Jean-Jacques at the upcoming Black Yoga Teacher’s Conference (not just for teachers) – Black Yoga Teacher’s Conference

If you are interested in getting more information about Jean-Jacques Gabriel, his teaching schedule, instructional videos and more, you can learn more at:

Website: jeanjacquesgabriel.com
Instagram: instagram.com/jeanjacquesgabriel/
Facebook: facebook.com/jeanjacques.gabriel.9

I want to thank one of my personal yoga teacher sponsors, Manduka. Manduka creates clothing, mats and towels of the highest quality. I have been using my mat for about 4 years and it still looks brand new. I recently started wearing their clothing for men and have been really impressed with the quality and fit.

Thank you, Matt Worley for the introduction to this podcast. Matt is a yoga, SUP yoga and AcroYoga Teacher based in Newcastle in Australia.

Interview with Matt Giordano

Matt Giordano

Traveling Yoga Teacher, Handstand Coach and Musician

Matt Giordano & Brian Macrae Davis

Early in his life, Matt Giordano found focus and passion through creative outlets; primarily through art, specifically music. He found peace of mind first in meditation, and then, in the asana practice. Accidentally, he found himself teaching a small group of friends and those events grew until he had full rooms. When he committed to teaching yoga, he immersed himself deeply in that world until he realized how unsustainable it was due to the emotional and spiritual drain of teaching too many classes. In order to make yoga sustainable, he began to teach workshops. He made yoga teaching successful by find a niche that he was very passionate about and by learning the secrets of other successful teachers. I hope that you enjoy the first episode of the podcast, Chats from the Mat, yoga inspired conversations with me, Brian Macrae Davis.

If you are interested in getting more information about Matt Giordano, his teaching schedule, instructional videos and more, you can learn more at:

Website: theyogimatt.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/theyogimatt/
Youtube: youtube.com/user/TheYogiMatt

Books mentioned in the podcast:

Effortless Mastery
by Kenny Werner:

Way of the Peaceful Warrior
by Dan Millman

I want to thank one of my personal yoga teacher sponsors, prAna clothing company. They produce Yoga, Travel & Adventure clothes with a conscience. Prana is one of the few companies that provide support for brand new yoga teachers. It is not the successful yoga teachers that need help and support, it is the ones that are starting their teaching career and struggling to make a living. Prana does just that.

Thank you, Zo Leroux for the introduction. Zo is a traveling teacher based loosely in Quebec, Canada.